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In passing, a life devoted to conservation

In passing, a life devoted to conservation

For some people, environmentalism is a lifelong passion. That would be true of Michael Beer, retired biophysics professor at Johns Hopkins University, who died Friday at age 88. 

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Lawsuit filed over Purple Line's environmental impact

Lawsuit filed over Purple Line's environmental impact

A Washington-area trail users' group and a pair of environmental advocates have filed suit to block the Purple Line, contending the $2.4 billion light-rail project in the DC suburbs...

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 NTSB report finds little chemical contamination from Rosedale derailment

NTSB report finds little chemical contamination from Rosedale derailment

The only signs investigators found of the chemical-laden railroad hopper car that exploded after it derailed last year in Rosedale were twisted and deformed pieces of its aluminum shell that shot out like shrapnel, landing as far as 370 feet away.

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After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After shrinking for a while to its smallest size in 30 years, the Chesapeake Bay's "dead zone" has made a late-summer comeback, and that's not good for crabs, fish and oysters.

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August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons

August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons 

Baltimore city officials belatedly disclosed Friday that sewage overflows topped 12 million gallons during last week's downpour, four times what had previously been acknowledged. It was the most untreated waste reported spilled in the city in a single day since 2006, according to state records.

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National parks free for a day

National parks free for a day

For those who don't have to be in school on Monday, it'll be a great day to visit a national park, because they'll all be free then.

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Baltimore's overflowing sewers in action

Baltimore's overflowing sewers in action

Ever wonder what a sewer "overflow" looks like?  This video by the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper shows what happened in multiple places in Baltimore during the near-record downpour of Aug. 12, when six inches of rain fell in a 12-hour time span.

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Baltimore's overflowing sewers

Baltimore's overflowing sewers

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Fish kill in Baltimore's Herring Run Park

Fish kill in Baltimore's Herring Run Park

City officials said Thursday they are investigating a fish kill in a Northeast Baltimore creek that flows through Herring Run Park, where users of the park and streamside trail expressed dismay.

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'Green burial' goes cinematic

'Green burial' goes cinematic

For some, environmentalism is more than just a more earth-friendly way to live. It it even informs their leaving - how they want their remains treated in death.

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Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases

Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases 

An Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday.

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Hogan releases new video on Chesapeake Bay

Hogan releases new video on Chesapeake Bay

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan doubled down on his efforts to seize the issue of the environment from Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown Tuesday, releasing a video in which he criticizes the O'Malley-Brown administration's efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

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UM study warns of health impacts from fracking

UM study warns of health impacts from fracking 

A University of Maryland study warns that without adequate safeguards, drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing could harm the health of residents, workers and communities in Western Maryland.

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Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore

Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore 

A voracious Asian beetle that's killed millions of ash trees across North America has finally been spotted in Baltimore, posing a costly and difficult challenge for a city that stands to lose more than 200,000 of its most common trees to the exotic pest's onslaught. It could denude blocks lined with ash and cost the city millions of dollars to remove dead or dying trees from public lands, while homeowners may be forced to pay hundreds or even thousands to treat or replace their vulnerable trees.

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Baltimore City reports massive sewage spills

Baltimore City reports massive sewage spills

More than three million gallons of raw but diluted sewage spilled into the Patapsco River and Jones Falls during and after Tuesday's near-record downpour, city officials reported Friday.

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Green on the upswing as eco-friendly home building goes mainstream

Green on the upswing as eco-friendly home building goes mainstream 

At first, Baldwin Homes didn't build green. Then it dipped its corporate toe in — one home here, another there.

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Protesters question city water system study

Protesters question city water system study

About 50 protesters rallied Wednesday outside Baltimore City Hall to object to a proposed study of the water system, a step they fear could eventually put the system in private hands.

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Up to 100 gallons of diesel spilled into harbor at Bond Street Wharf

Up to 100 gallons of diesel spilled into harbor at Bond Street Wharf

About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a rooftop generator at Bond Street Wharf into the Fells Point harbor Sunday, Maryland environmental officials said.

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Cove Point zoning exemption overturned

Cove Point zoning exemption overturned

A Calvert County circuit judge has overturned the Southern Maryland county's decision to exempt the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility from local zoning regulations. It's not clear, however, whether the decision affects plans for the $3.4 billion project.

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DNR gets OK to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder Park

DNR gets OK to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder Park

Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of Little Gunpowder Falls.

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Pollution cuts ordered for coastal bays

Pollution cuts ordered for coastal bays

Federal regulators approved new pollution limits Monday for Maryland's coastal bays aimed at restoring water quality in the shallow lagoons that serve both as playground for Ocean City vacationers and vital habitat for fish and wildlife.

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Deep-sea coral protections eyed

Deep-sea coral protections eyed

A federal council took a preliminary step Monday toward protecting deep-sea corals off Maryland and the rest of the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Scientists exploring offshore canyons for Atlantic deep-sea corals

Scientists exploring offshore canyons for Atlantic deep-sea corals 

Seventy miles off Ocean City, scientists aboard the federal research vessel Henry B. Bigelow are exploring a lush underwater landscape that until recently few would have imagined — colorful corals clinging to the rocky slopes of deep-sea canyons.

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Annapolis orders revisions to Crystal Spring conservation plans

Annapolis orders revisions to Crystal Spring conservation plans

Developers of a large senior living complex in Annapolis have more work to do before their proposal can gain preliminary environmental approval from city officials.

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Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant cited for safety issue

Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant cited for safety issue

The operators of Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have been cited for a miscalculation that federal safety inspectors said might have triggered an unnecessary evacuation or other emergency response to an insignificant radiation leak.

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Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae

Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae

The crisis may have eased in Toledo, but the toxic algae in Lake Erie that contaminated the water supply for 500,000 people in Ohio continues to plague lakes and rivers across the country, including here in Maryland.

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Sierra Club endorses Brown

Sierra Club endorses Brown

One of Maryland's largest environmental groups on Wednesday threw its support behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the race for governor, Brown's campaign announced.

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Farming the 'king of the ocean'

Farming the 'king of the ocean' 

The dark specks swirling around in big water-filled tanks at the Columbus Center hardly look like fish, much less the kings of the ocean.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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